It appears as though my transfer to a new webhost has gone smoothly, although I’ve still got that, “it’s quiet… too quiet” feeling. I made the DNS change yesterday afternoon and it appears to have already propagated, at least in my neck of the internet woods. So, hopefully the site is available to everyone again, although if it isn’t, then you may not actually be reading this.
While it appears that I’ve been able to transfer over the site intact, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was the odd broken link here or there. The end result will hopefully be a more stable site, and while it may be completely psychological at this point, I think I’m getting a slightly faster response time. One thing for sure is the back end side of this web host (Host Gator) is much better than my previous host, having more features and up to date applications. All seems well so far, but of course it’s much too early to say for sure.
For those who may be wondering, my old host was Netfirms. I was with them for two years, most of which was just fine and dandy. Periodically however, especially lately, my site kept going down and having connection issues (timeouts, slow speed, etc). The flip-side to that, is I know of someone hosting their site there who is having no problems at all.
As for moving my WordPress installation, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it went. Working in the IT industry has led me to expect that not all things go as well as they’re supposed to, especially when you’re dealing with databases. Fortunately I just have a rinky-dink site with a tiny database (hey, it’s how I use that database that matters!) and things seem to have gone smoothly.